10 Most Popular Jewelry News Stories: Week of March 24

A roundup of JCK’s top stories from the past week:

12-Year-Old Entrepreneur Starts Online Jewelry Business

Gabrielle Jordan Williams founded her own jewelry company, Jewelz of Jordan, in 2009 when she was only 9 years old.

Two Suspected Jewelry Theft Gangs Busted

In what the Jewelers Security Alliance called “very significant arrests,” police this week nabbed two groups suspected of preying on jewelry salesman and stores.

Survey: Engagement Ring Spending Falls

Couples in the United States increased their wedding budgets in 2011 for just about everything but engagement rings, according to a recently released survey from TheKnot.com and WeddingChannel.com.

Jeweler Helps Return Lost Diamond to Owner

Thanks to the kindness of strangers, an 86-year-old woman’s missing diamond was recently returned to her—after lying unnoticed in a parking lot for a month.

Bidz.Com Filing Raises New Doubts

A recent SEC filing from Bidz.com raises new concerns about the online jewelry seller.

Cutting Remarks: Still Not Sure About Social Media? You’re Not Alone

A jeweler recently wrote: “How does my single store independent fit into social media? Is it really worth the huge investment in time and resources?”

On Your Market: 6 Jewelry Designers Rocking JCK Marketplace

One of the best things about JCK Las Vegas, and about JCK Marketplace, is how easy it is to discover new designers.

Blue Nile Names New President and CEO

Blue Nile has named veteran retailer Harvey Kanter, 50, its new CEO and president, beginning March 30.

5 Jewelry Jokes You Can Use at Cocktail Parties

During my search to find cool jewelry ads from 1914 in JCK’s archives, I came across a page that was full of jewelry- and watch-related jokes.

Ohio Jeweler Designs Mockingjay Pin for ‘The Hunger Games’

Dana Schneider, owner of Dana Schneider Jewelry, had the responsibility of designing the signature Mockingjay pin for the highly anticipated blockbuster The Hunger Games.